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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
He played 19 NHL seasons for five teams, and when his career wound up in 2004 with the Calgary Flames, Dave Lowry turned to coaching instead of endlessly pursuing a lower handicap.
Yes, coaching, that thankless undertaking of the hockey lifer.
For three years he worked as an assistant with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. Now he is one of 19 former NHL players working as head coaches in the Canadian Hockey League. Lowry took over behind the bench when Kelly Kisio assumed the general manager’s duties full-time before the season.
After years of leading the lush life as NHL players — first-class hotels, charter aircraft, five-star restaurants — Lowry and peers are riding the buses across the Prairies in the WHL, and through the hinterland of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
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From David Epstein at Sports Illustrated:
By the time [Patrick] Roy retired in 2003, having amassed a record 551 wins with the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, 12 of the 30 starting goalies in the NHL were Quebecois, including Giguere, and nearly all 30 used the butterfly at least on occasion. What neither Allaire nor Giguere nor the throngs of youth imitating Saint Patrick could see, though, was that Roy’s style had been steadily ravaging his hips.
“All that going up and down at high speed,” says Pat Karns, a former Avalanche trainer. “We really had to work on Patrick daily [to keep his hips healthy].”
With each drop, the butterfly excavated the cartilage in Roy’s joints. It would be worse for his disciples, the goaltenders who started using his style as children and have dropped to the ice thousands of times. Those boys are all grown up now, and for many of the brightest among them—Giguere, Rick DiPietro of the Islanders, Antero Niittymaki of the Flyers and Vesa Toskala of the Maple Leafs among them—a scar on their surgically-repaired hips marks them as the butterfly generation. But from pee wee to the pros, butterfly is firmly entrenched.
*thanks to KK reader Alan for the pointer!
from Melissa Isaacson of Hey, Missy at the Chicago Tribune,. A note from a reader follows…
In response to your article of Blackhawks going to Northbrook, see the attached picture of the day the Hawks practiced at Northbrook Sports complex in 1970 when my dad took me out of school and had my picture taken with Bobby Hull when I was 10.
When I sent a copy of this picture to Brett when he was with the Red Wings in 2000 and said my son was now 10 and would love to get same pic taken, he flew us up to Detroit, took my son to a practice and game (against the Hawks, a 3-3 tie) and then came out and took same pose with my son Jake, who was 10 at the time.
more with two great pictures of Bobby and Brett Hull…
from Tripp Mickle and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL and Madison Square Garden are close to completing a settlement in their contentious, two-year-old legal battle over new media rights, a letter filed with U.S. District Court shows.
Terms of the settlement aren’t disclosed in the letter, but it does say that the settlement is expected to be completed by the end of March, at which time documentation of it will be submitted to the court and the lawsuit will be dismissed.
Sources familiar with the pending settlement say that it will see MSG cover all of the league’s legal fees, which are more than $15 million. Additionally, MSG will receive a seat on the NHL’s digital committee, NHL governors will be given the right to motion for anonymous votes on issues put before the board, and ownership groups will be able to propose a 30-day waiting period before the board votes on an issue brought forward by the NHL.
continued and thanks to SBJ for making the link available to KK readers…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There already seems to be growing controversy about the GMs’ recommendation this past week regarding a 10-minute misconduct for “staged fights.” The NHL Players’ Association considers this a “new rule” recommendation and thus needs approval from the competition committee when it meets again in June. However, we were told Saturday the league believes the “staged fights” proposal is “an existing rule” that simply needs new interpretation and enforcement, and therefore doesn’t need competition committee approval or, for that matter, the board of governors’ approval.
That is not how the NHLPA views this, and from the e-mails that were flying our way Saturday from both sides, this could get ugly.
continued (basically a recap of the Hot Stove during HNIC) plus a few more hockey notes…
If you missed Coach’s Corner last night, watch it below…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
If all the suits on Pennsylvania Avenue have trouble forecasting where the economy will go, it’s a good bet that your faithful puck chronicler could be off a tad, pinch, or decimal point when trying to forecast how the NHL salary cap will shape up next season, or through the next 2-3 seasons of the CBA.
However, based on the numbers bandied about by NHL general managers last week in Naples, Fla., as well as calculations offered by the Players Association, the players must prepare to surrender 13-15 percent of their overall salaries. For a guy like Zdeno Chara, on the books for $7.5 million a year, that’s a haircut upward of $1.125 million. As trips to the barber shop go, that’s much pricier than a “boy’s regular.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk might be the Kings of the Shutout, but the NHL has rarely seen two more different personalities.
Fire and ice, as they say….
As a young kid, Sawchuk was forced to strap on the pads and go in net for a team in Winnipeg to replace their previous goalie, who had passed away. The boy who died just happened to be Sawchuk’s brother.
When he was 12, Sawchuk remained tight-lipped about hurting his right arm in a game of rugby. Two years later doctors found it had been broken and, subsequently, had healed poorly, leaving it two inches shorter than his left arm.
Jerry Green, a retired sports columnist from the Detroit News, will on occasion submit a column. Today he writes about the fighting debate and goes old school…
My introduction to hockey in Detroit occurred some 55 years ago, a night when Lindsay took on most of the Maple Leafs. He beat the considerably larger Jim Thomson into a bloody mess—to the agitation of Toronto coach King Clancy, himself a noted pugilist as a player. Lindsay and Clancy almost tangled by the bench, over the boards.
Also near the end of the game, a spectator near me berated the Wings’ Glen Skov. This didn’t sit well with Terry Sawchuk, the Wings’ Hall of Fame goaltender. So Sawchuk attempted to reach the critic by scaling the wire mesh protective barrier—in full goalie regalia.
Sawchuk’s corrugated leg pads became impaled on the wire. So Lindsay took up the battle for his trapped teammate.
“Go ahead and shoot off your (naughty-word) mouth,” Lindsay shouted at the fan. He trod along the wooden rinkside seats in his skates, then beat some guy into a bloody pulp. As I recall, it was the wrong guy, but I had been indoctrinated into the intensity of Detroit hockey.
Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are: Mick Higgins (Irish Ice Hockey Association), Pierre McGuire (TSN and NBC), Jim Cummins (Former NHLer), John Cusack (Irish American Hockey Association), Dave Nonis (Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), and Conor McKenna (Team 990).
from Ray Slover and Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The Maloof family’s business interests include big-league professional sports, but SN’s Craig Custance reports George Maloof has not been approached by the NHL about a potential NHL franchise in Vegas.
“We’ve never had that conversation,” he told Custance. He also said that nobody has spoken to him about the Phoenix Coyotes, which is in the process of being sold.
That said, Maloof thinks the NHL could work in Las Vegas.
“Vegas would be a great market for a basketball or an NHL team,” Maloof told Custance. “Is this a testing ground? I don’t know. I think this is an event that the community is real excited about.”
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